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  • The Triumph of Politics Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 6:51 PM ET

    In Europe, China and America, the major determinants of economic and market performance in the year ahead are political, not economic.

  • Rebuilding The Structure of America’s Economy Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 1:45 PM ET

    In theory, banks are supposed to be overflowing with tellers, ATMs and loan officers. In reality, they are increasingly focused on servicing legal claims.

  • Deleveraging Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    The developed world took on too much debt during the good times and is now trying to shrink its balance sheet. If you look at the data, however, very little of this deleveraging has actually taken place.

  • The Size of the State:  A Big Beast to Tackle Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    Cutting spending down to size will be hard for a President Romney; boosting it any further will be hard for a re-elected President Obama.

  • State-Owned Enterprises: The State Advances Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET
    A policeman patrols under a giant communist emblem on the Tiananmen Square on June 28, 2011 in Beijing, China.

    The state’s grip on the economy has been tightening. Could foreign pressure persuade the new leadership to reverse course?

  • The Next Crisis: Sponging Boomers Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    The economic legacy left by the baby-boomers is leading to a battle between the generations.

  • Inequality and the World Economy: True Progressivism Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    A new form of radical centrist politics is needed to tackle inequality without hurting economic growth.

  • Manufacturing: The End of Cheap China Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    What do soaring Chinese wages mean for global manufacturing?

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